SCUGOG: A 30-year-old man from Blackstock was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a dog late on Saturday, April 23.
At about 8:40 p.m., police were called to the scene of a collision on Church St. in Blackstock. A witness reported that a Yamaha off-road motorcycle struck a dog and lost control.
The driver sustained a serious head injury and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He was later transported to a trauma centre in Toronto by air ambulance, where he remains in serious condition.
The dog died at the scene. The roadway was closed for several hours while members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch, Collision Investigation Unit, conducted an investigation. Police believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Anyone who has any further information about this incident is being asked to contact Cst. Wannop of the Traffic Services Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5274.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: At his scenic 20 acre property at 2320 Reader Rd., in Port Perry, Joe Vale has been operating Rent A Bay for the last four years.
The business offers car enthusiasts an opportunity to rent a bay in his shop to work on any type of vehicle for $20 per hour or $25 per hour for a bay that includes a 12,000 lbs. hoist.
“This is for entrepreneurs, the people that can afford the toys and they want to keep them nice. This is a place for you guys to take care of your pride and joy, your cars, trucks, boats, whatever your hobby is,” Mr. Vale said.
Mr. Vale also told The Standard that he is available to help people work on their vehicles.
“If it needs fixing and you need a place to fix it this is the place to come because I will help you fix it. I’m here to help you fix your own cars and to give recommendations on how to take care of stuff,” he said.
“It’s in my blood, I love working on cars.
Mr. Vale also offers storage for any type of vehicle, from boat to car or truck. He has a large 2 storey barn, where vehicles can be stored inside for $100 per month. He also offers outdoor storage on the property for $50 per month.
Mr. Vale has been in the service industry for the last 40 years, including working for Midas Muffler for 23 years. However, he was forced to leave Midas in 1995 to instead help his family.
"I thoroughly enjoyed it and would probably still be doing it, but when my Dad got sick he asked me to take over the barn and the chores,” Mr. Vale said.
The idea for the storage business came to Mr. Vale shortly after he decided to get out of the farm business and sold all of his cows.
“I was sitting here one day and a light went off in my head. The barn is empty, so why not do boat storage for people? It's sitting there empty, why not see if people want to use it.”
Mr. Vale said that he enjoys helping any person in need.
“I'm here to help out, provide a service, be friendly about it and make friends,” he said.
For more information about the services offered at Rent A Bay, Mr. Vale can be contacted by phone at 289-354-1527.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: A business workshop scheduled for this week will connect local business with increased opportunities for cycling-based tourism.
Durham Tourism, in partnership with the Ontario By Bike Network and Central Counties Tourism will be hosting a free workshop on Thursday, April 28, from 9am to 11am at the Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St., in Whitby.
Cycling is one of the area's most popular attractions, with visitors flocking to local trails and roads from spring until summer presenting a unique tourism opportunity for local municipalities. The two-hour workshop will provide information to local merchants about growing business opportunities by welcoming cyclists to their location.
Attendees will learn about the Ontario By Bike Certification Program, as well as what's new in cycling and cycle tourism in Ontario and Durham Region, which includes routes, projects and events. The workshop will also explore how businesses, even those that are already bicycle friendly, can build partnerships and elevate their offerings to this growing market.
To register for the workshop and for more information, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/ontario-by-bike-workshop-durham-region-whitby-tickets-23705790658.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Two Hamilton area men were arrested on Thursday, April 21 and charged by Kawartha Lakes Police after they investigated a sexual assault that occurred in the Lindsay area in 2010.
The investigation was commenced after a woman came forward to Police in March She reported that she had been the victim of a sexual assault while she was attending a Karate tournament in the Lindsay area in 2010. The woman reported that she was 16 years old at the time and that she had been sexually assaulted by two of her Sensei’s.
Kawartha Lakes Police continued the investigation with the assistance of the Ottawa Police Service, Montreal Police Service, Niagara Regional Police and Hamilton Police Service.
35-year-old Shannon Kaye of Welland and 39-year-old Michael Ryan Kowtaluk of Hamilton both face charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. They will appear in the Lindsay Court of Justice on Thursday, May 19. Anyone who may have information should contact Detective Cst. Jeff Burke at 705.324.6307 ext. 539.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Applications are now being accepted for the annual Summer Company Program in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is available to help students register their business ideas and get started with their application.
Students will receive hands on business coaching and mentoring from local business leaders, and have the ability to apply for up to $3000 in funding that will enable them to operate their own business throughout the summer of 2016. Students starting now will have the best chance for success at winning one of the 15 grants available to young entrepreneurs from the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The program is open to students ages 15 to 29, and those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit the Summer Company website at www.ontario.ca/summercompany.
“Many Summer Company participants continue to run their businesses after the program ends. For these young people, entrepreneurship becomes a life-long practice. They learn to be resourceful, dynamic and confident leaders in the community,” Diane Steven, Manager of KLSBEC said.
The Summer Company Program has been available to students in Kawartha Lakes for the past 12 years, and in that time 115 young people have received training and support from mentors, while successfully launching new businesses in the community.
The businesses created include a diverse range of categories from property maintenance and retail businesses to sports coaching, art lessons and more.
Summer Company is sponsored by the Province of Ontario and administered by the KLSBEC. The The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre is located at 180 Kent St. West in Lindsay.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Megalore group would like to thank all of the residents in the local community, who have made donations, attending their events since their inception in the fall of 2014.
“We can’t thank the people who have donated to Megalore enough. It is all of you that make this all worthwhile,” said founder Lynn Doucette.
Megalore group is a non profit organization, of caring individuals in the community, who strive to help people in the local Scugog community. Lynn said that her and her husband, and organization president, Jim Doucette were inspired by a similar group in Uxbridge, known as the Gorgons community group.
“Jim and I were driving for a designated driving service for a few years and saw the wonderful things they were doing helping just the local people in their community,” she said. “Jim and I talked about starting the same here in Port Perry as we were very aware of the need in our community.”
Jim said that he was fully supportive of his wife’s vision for the group.
"I thought it was a good idea and we could participate in helping our community, giving back instead of taking,” he said.
Lynn said that the name of the group was inspired by a member of her husband’s family.
“I said to Jim, I want a name for the group, and he was in the kitchen with me and he said, ‘like what?’ and I said ‘I don't know.’ He blurted out Megalore and I said ‘that’s it.’ I turned to him and I asked where that came from and he said it was his great great grandfather's first name,” she said.
Megalore has supported two young cancer survivors, residents with vision problems, a senior in need of dental work, the family that recently lost everything in a house fire and others.
Megalore group runs multiple events throughout the year, with all of the proceeds staying in Scugog Township. The group will be holding their annual “Spring Fling Dance” on Saturday, May 14 at the Latcham Centre in Port Perry from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Cost of admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at Envoy Business Centre.
There will be a cash bar, late lunch, 50/50 draw, DJ, and local firefighter, Todd Soomre will be providing the music.
For ticket information, call David at 905-982-2700 or Lynn or Jim at 905-985-4372.
Lynn said that it is the reactions of the people receiving the donations that makes what Megalore is doing truly worthwhile.
“As soon as you see their smile or a happy tear in their eye, knowing that they are going to be helped with no questions asked, it's just a nice relief for us,” Lynn said.
Megalore currently has a board of four people. They are Darlene Hlozan, John Nuefeld, as well as Jim and Lynn Doucette.
Megalore group is looking for golfers for their upcoming tournament on Sunday, July 10 at Sunnybrae Golf Club.
The registration cost is $100 which includes a barbecue dinner, 18 holes, use of the golf cart as well as lots of prize opportunities.
The group is also looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Lynn or Jim at 905-985-4372 or e-mail email@example.com.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Councillors balked at a proposal from the Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) to help fund a speed-tracking device for North Durham at a meeting on Monday, April 18.
In an e-mail to Council, the police service proposed that the municipalities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock would each contribute $350 to help the police purchase a device known as a ‘Speed Spy’ that would be used to secretly log motorists speeds. The device costs a total of $3,549, and would be used on a rotational basis in each North Durham municipality.
The proposal did not sit well with Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back, who questioned why the Township would have to chip in when the police service’s 2016 budget is $180.5 million.
“Surely they can give $1,000 in an $180 million budget. There has to be contingencies. They should throw us a bone,” she said.
Councillor Back added that she would support having the device in the Township if taxpayers were not on the hook to partially fund it.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido said that the Township would be better off if there was more enforcement by police of the speed limits.
“I think a lot of our residents concerns are the fact that they have had a reduction in police presence versus the increase in speeding.”
Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville also wondered how effective the device would be for the Township if it is just being used for statistics.
Township clerk Nicole Wellsbury told Council that she will relay the Township’s consensus to DRPS.
ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Members of the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association received support from Council on Monday, April 25 to continue with a clean-up and restoration of Uxbridge Countryside Preserve starting next month.
The Countryside Preserve Trail features 140-acres of rolling meadowland, woodlands, ponds, and wetland established on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It features 6kms of multi-use marked trails that the UHA believes could use some work.
“We walked the trail a number of times and looked at all the things that could be improved,” stated David Walker, Vice President of the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association.
According to Walker, the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association along with the Uxbridge Preserve Subcommittee identified several improvements that could be made to improve the state of the trails. These include: removing old fence wire that serves as an obstacle, adding gravel to improve drainage as well as stabilize and reduce erosion of trails, and clean-up access points including the main entrance.
The UHA has been around since 1986, and has been a part of several community events such as, the Santa Clause parade, food drives, and the Uxbridge Fair. The club also holds yearly events and donates the funds to the local community.
“We as a user group wanted to contribute back to the value of the trails,” said Mr, Walker. “The horses use them, the riders love them, and it’s a great place and great trail system, so we came up with a plan.”
In order for the association to complete the maintenance of the Preserve, they would have to work under the township’s insurance umbrella.
While most of the councillors seemed to approve of the proposal, Uxbridge Mayor, Gerri Lynn O’Connor did have some concerns regarding horses using the community preserve.
“Don’t get me wrong here, but I really am concerned about horses using the preserve because that’s the main walking trails that we see kids on and I also have a grave concern about horses and dogs,” said Mayor O’Connor. “The dogs are running crazy. I have the concern of what happens if a dog went after a horse?”
The UHA assured the Mayor that they will be ramping up efforts to educate the public on the potential danger of horses co-existing with hikers and their dogs.
“We are working to educate other riders, as you know I have a trail training center with certain obstacles so you can prepare your horse for being taken out in public,” said David Walker.
The UHA went on to argue that conflict will always exist when multiple user groups use the same trails, but those encounters are rare.
“When do we stop saying no to things that people want to do to enjoy their lives in the community?” said Mr. Walker.
He went on to explain that the UHA want to continue to feel like they are a part of the community and should be allowed to do so as long as proper education and training is maintained.
The assurance from the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association on focusing on safety seemed to alleviate some of the concern from Council. “I do believe that horses should have the right to as many trails as possible,” said the Mayor.
The UHA was eventually granted insurance from the Township to continue with the proposed clean-up plan as long as the maintenance is supervised by the Parks Department.
They plan to begin the process on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, with alternate rain dates of Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday May 26.
For more information on the Uxbridge Countryside Preserve, visit: www.town.uxbridge.on.ca/trail_maps.
For more information about the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association, go on-line to their web-site at: www.uxbridgehorsemen.com.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes' Community Services, Parks, Recreation & Culture Division is pleased to announce it will provide a total of $10,000 in Canada Day funding to seven communities celebrating Canada Day in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
This funding is in addition to the $27,200 received in support from the federal government through the Canadian Heritage Celebrate Canada program.
The following communities will receive funding for their 2016 Canada Day celebrations: Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, and Kinmount Canada Day Committees, the Omemee Lions Club and the Oakwood as well as the Norland Firefighters Associations.
The funding will be applied toward the cost of various aspects of these events including fireworks, entertainment, promotional and logistic event related expenses.
ROB DRAL The Standard
UXBRIDGE: After a successful fundraising event in Port Perry, Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham are setting their sights on Uxbridge.
The child and youth mentoring charity is hosting the Uxbridge Wing and Pizza Night at the Uxbridge Community Centre on Saturday, April 30 at 7pm.
Wings and pizza will be served from 8pm until 9:30pm, after which guests can vote for their favourite wings and pizza provided throughout the night. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Tables can be reserved if 8 tickets are sold. Wing shops competing this year include: Wixan’s Bridge, Jersey’s, Clem’s Custom Wing Shop, Mill Run Golf Course, Annina’s Bake Shop Café and Catering, and last, but not least Zehrs Uxbridge.
Contending for best pizza in Uxbridge will be: Zehrs Uxbridge, Annina’s Bake Shop Café and Catering, Frankie’s, and Scrambles @ Foxbridge.
While filling up on the best wings and pizza Uxbridge has to offer; a dance, raffle draws, and a silent auction will also be taking place.
Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham continue to support children in local communities.
Money raised from the Wing and Pizza night will be going to help fund several in-school mentoring programs. “Money raised will be going towards our school-based mentoring programs including: Kids-in-Motion, Go-Girls!, and Game On, as well as our traditional mentoring program outside of school,” said Krista Webb, Special Events Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters North Durham.
Tickets are available at Frankie's, Jersey's, Williamson's Chrysler, Mill Run Golf Club, and The Scout Hall at 15585 Simcoe St. Port Perry.
For more information on the event or about the various programs Big Brothers Big Sisters offers, please go to: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/northdurham